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Worried about weight gain
Worried about weight gain
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11/26/12 1:32 PM
Hello all you fitness gurus, I'm looking for some advice and wisdom. My girlfriend and I are doing P90x, and are currently on Week 2 day 3. I'm no stranger to working out so I know results don't necessarily come quickly. However, my girlfriend is someone who has never worked out in her life and actually does not like working out at all. I mean at all. We both are looking to get into the best shape of our lives and I can tell she is working out harder and harder each day and is really pushing herself to do as much as she can each work out. We are not following the nutritional guide to a T, but were are eating much much healthier than we used to. So everything is great and we are motivated everyday, and then....she decides to weigh herself...and she is in tears because she actually gained weight. I tried to explain that she is growing more lean muscle which is more dense than fat and her body is still preparing itself to go into a major fat burning mode during the weeks to follow, and also that greatest results are normally seen between day 60 and 90, but explaining this to someone who hates working out is nearly impossible, and I get the response "If working out is just going to make me fatter I am NOT going to waste my time doing it!"

So what can I tell her? Has anyone else experienced this same issue within the 1st couple of weeks of P90x? I hope someone has some answers and advice that will reassure her that getting fit is still one of the best life decisions she can make.

Thanks!

Zach
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RE: Worried about weight gain
10/17/12 8:47 AM as a reply to Jaccal.
Hey Zach,

Sorry to hear that your girlfriend is getting discouraged. Here's a great article by Chalene Johnson that she can read and better understand why she has gained some weight:

You sometimes gain weight when starting a new exercise program?

Hope that helps!
Julio
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RE: Worried about weight gain
11/24/12 2:25 PM as a reply to Jaccal.
Zach,

This is a common occurrence that can't always be singled out to one variable. Yes, lean mass could have been gained. Also, if she is eating more frequently (ex/5-6 times a day), but in smaller portions, this can sometimes initially cause weight fluctuations. Most people are used to eating one or two meals per day at random times. The best thing to do in terms of working out and eating is to do them consistently because you can add or remove foods after a certain point and see how the changes affect your body. Don't get hung up on how much you weigh...in fact...forget about it. Worry about working out hard, eating right and the way your body looks. When you notice your clothes fit differently, go weigh yourself and you'll be much happier.
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RE: Worried about weight gain
11/25/12 7:03 PM as a reply to Jaccal.
Fluid shifts, swelling of muscles etc.

You won't see any increase in muscle mass in the first 10 days of the program.
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RE: Worried about weight gain
11/25/12 7:34 PM as a reply to Jaccal.
The response from coachjulio26 is the best bit of information out there. I've quoted that same article to many others.

Also, let your girlfriend know to keep in mind that results aren't going to be immediate. Tony Horton mentioned in an interview once that no one should really expect to see significant results until the end of phase 2 - into phase 3. Phase 3 is where the magic happens!

Good luck with your workouts! Keep up the good work an you'll see progress. I'd also suggest pointing your girlfriend toward these boards. There's a ton of encouragement and great information to be had!
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